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Midtfyns Chili Tripel - Midtfyns Bryghus

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46 Ratings

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2011

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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 16
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2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Honey/copper hued body; thick, foamy head that soon fades to a thin wisp of large bubbles. Grass and green chili aroma; faint pepper and spice notes. Almost cloying sugary malt flavor; some astringency; occasional appearances of chili pepper heat. Medium body; somewhat coarse on the palate; semi-sweet finish.

Malt sweetness dominates things, a little too much. What's really missing is any significant chili pepper heat or flavor. What does appear is so faint and so far into the background as to be nearly invisible. The beer comes across rather one-dimensional and lacks balance, depth, and complexity.

Photo of rodzm14
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HATS4BATS
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shaun871
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Molson2000
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TerryW
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biegaman
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tripels are typically yellow or gold but this one is a definite orange - if that's the influence of the chili peppers then I'm a little intimidated. It's also conventional for tripels to have a big, rocky head but, as we just covered, Midtfyns Chili Tripel is far from conventional. Clarity is in tact for now; sediment was stirred up from the first pour and looks ready to make its move.

Fermented with yeast strains naturally endowed with floral, fruity, and even spicy qualities, this is a style that needs no support in the aromatics department. Again, however, this is not your typical tripel; this aroma isn't perfumy or effervescent or surprisingly even spicy. Instead, it smells bready and caramelized, with dried and candied fruits in place of orchard or citrus ones.

I now know the culprit behind the amber colour: amber malts. Tripels are customarily made almost exclusively from pilsner malt. This different approach results in entirely different flavours: butterscotch, pear compote, and fruitcake are not taste descriptors I've ever used with the style before.

For better or for worse, the presence of the chilies is so restrained as to go virtually unnoticed; heck, I've had spicier tripels than this that weren't brewed with peppers! There is a small stinging sensation in the back of the throat but only from large mouthfuls (take small sips and you're fine). This mild and mellow caramelly character is fine in other beers but seems ill-fitted here.

My initial impression to this beer was "a chili tripel? What? Really? Why?". After having tried it a couple of times, that continues to be my opinion on it. Interesting idea - and one that could work provided the right food pairing - but overall it's simply a regrettable offering. The departure from stylistic guidelines doesn't bother me; fact is this recipe just plain isn't very good.

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wajohnst
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Long813
2.39/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a cloudy red/brown with a few cm of white fluffy head that dissipated quickly.

S: Smells of peppers, it's going to be hot.

T: Very hot, boozy with some fruits mixed in the lot.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. It was hot from the pepper, but also quite hot from the booze. Not extremely pleasing to drink

O: I like the idea, but I found that this tasted like a poorly made DIPA infused with chile, rather than a Tripel infused with chile.

Photo of RedAleMan
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrenihan
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for about $7.50 CDN from the LCBO. A chile based tripel style of beer? Consider me intrigued.

Appearance - beer pours a very hazy honey brown cool with golden hues. Small half finger of head is poured and subsides to a small wispy thing pretty quick. Bottle swirl at the end added a touch of sediment to the glass.

Smell - sweet and spicy, something mysterious. A bit of the fruity notes normally associated with tripels but some spicy peppery notes and just a hint of the chiles. Nose isn't huge overall though.

Taste - starts sweet and fruity maybe some peach and pear, and then some spicy flavours shine through with some chiles. Heat lingers on the second and third sip, gradually warming the mouth. Not too hot but not too subtle either. Combine that with the contrasting sweetness of fruit flavours, this is really good. Booze is well hidden although I suspect the chiles mask that.

Mouthfeel - lively carbonation, full body, the beer might be on the syrupy side if not for the chiles which seem to cut through with the carbonation.

Overall - a delicious and dangerously drinkable big chile beer. Highly recommended for some innovation, and good flavor profiles with the striking contrast between a spicy tripel and the raw heat of chiles.

Photo of andrenaline
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of yancot
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.71/5  rDev +30.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Midtfyns Chili Tripel from Midtfyns Bryghus
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